dentition

noun

den·​ti·​tion den-ˈti-shən How to pronounce dentition (audio)
1
: the development and cutting of teeth
2
: the character of a set of teeth especially with regard to their number, kind, and arrangement see tooth illustration
3
: teeth

Examples of dentition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite their similar dentition, the sloth lemur and the indri seemed to have as much in common as a Butterball turkey and a hawk. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 The piglet, to arm for this mission, Is born with a warlike dentition Of eight tiny tusks, sharp as sabers, Which help in impressing the neighbors; But to render these weapons less harrowing, Most farmers remove them at farrowing. Judith Stone, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Upper and lower teeth are present with excellent dentition. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 15 Dec. 2023 Having relatively unscathed chompers to study means that researchers can use them to identify often subtle dentition differences among hyainailourines. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 18 Apr. 2019 The skull of this nocturnal scavenger shows the typical dentition of an omnivore. Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2012 Of the crocs studied, smaller-bodied species were more likely than the big ‘uns to have complex dentition. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 27 June 2019 Hats off to Haim for bringing perfectly functional, if quirky, dentition to 30 Rock. Vulture, 25 Feb. 2022 Analysis suggested a person missing visible teeth was more negatively perceived on all social traits than a person with full dentition. Ncbi Rofl, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2011

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Word History

Etymology

Latin dentition-, dentitio, from dentire to cut teeth, from dent-, dens

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dentition was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Dentition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dentition. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

dentition

noun
den·​ti·​tion den-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce dentition (audio)
: the number, kind, and arrangement of teeth (as of a person or animal)

Medical Definition

dentition

noun
den·​ti·​tion den-ˈtish-ən How to pronounce dentition (audio)
1
: the development and cutting of teeth
2
: the character of a set of teeth especially with regard to their number, kind, and arrangement
3
: teeth

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